Thursday, January 31, 2013

Inspiration :)

Where does your inspiration come from?
For this project
I found my inspiration in a needlebook
that my Oma made for me
when I was a little girl.
As you can see,
it's been VERY well used :)
The entire front cover is all cross stitch.
I feel the love that went into this precious gift.
I don't think I'll ever use another one.
But it did start me thinking about
making needlebooks to cross stitch on.
I haven't seen them anywhere else,
so I got to work making a pattern.

You can unbutton the front cover
so that you can stitch your favorite design on it
and then button it back closed.
For my first one I used linen,
but I plan to make some with Aida as well.
I used wool felt for the inside
to stick your pins and needles in. 
Here's my own needlebook in action.........
its a mess,
but I use it 
A LOT!  
It makes my heart happy to think about
my Oma sitting in the backyard
stitching in the sunshine
making this just for me :)
These new cross-stitchable needlebooks
will be available soon in my shop.
No two will be alike.
For me, that's the fun in creating :)

Quick question:
If you were to purchase a stitchable item,
would you prefer linen or aida?
What is your favorite stitch count?


  1. how fun, great job and your Oma is looking down and smiling!

  2. I'm not sure which one I like better?!! The history of the one made by your Oma melts my heart but gingham always seems to win with me.And the little buttons...too cute!

  3. Orange gingham with oranges bias lace-edged tape - soooooooooooooo pretty!! I bought some similar bias tape for a friend for Christmas one year - I had to order it from the Netherlands because I couldn't found it in North America! I bet that has changed in the last few years, lol!

  4. I want one! I'd prefer 28ct evenweave just to be difficult! ;) Great job Karen and I love the story of yours! :) It's funny I don't normally like orange but the gingham, buttons and the trim are toooooo cute! :)

  5. I 'sew' totally want one or TWO :-)! The orange one with the cute buttons is calling my name. Does anyone have 'dibs' on it?

    You are such a 'Crafty Chick'! Your creativity is AWESOMENESS!!!!

    OK 'sew' I totally NEED a needle book because I do not have even one and you do not want to know what I am using now :-(! I think I would like linen, but my skill set says I need to have aida :-).

    You are the bomb Obi Wan :-)!

  6. Love your needlebook idea. I would love it with an evenweave.
    I saw on another blog today that she used your "Don't fear the zipper" and made a bag. She thanked you for it.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

  7. Why not make some up with linen and some with aida - that way everybody is happy and you could see which one sells best.
    It is a very clever design. Love it.

  8. The article of this quality is really hard to find.

  9. It is starting to get fresh and I can not miss this long wrap coat from Dezzal . In a soft and warm wool blend, a colorful coat is the perfect piece to light up the first gloomy autumn days, especially if worn on a ruffled vintage inspired dress (bought during my Rome trip with Angela and Iolanda , we did some shopping at & Other Stories shop). 3d puff embroidery digitizing

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